LFI Delegation to Israel and the Palestinian Territories – July 2019

Labour Friends of Israel took a group of centre-left parliamentarians on delegation to Israel and the Palestinian Territories at the end of July. The group was led by LFI chair Dame Louise Ellman MP, and included LFI honorary president Joan Ryan MP, Rosie Cooper MP, Steve McCabe MP, and Phil Wilson MP. The group began[…]

Labour MPs visit Israel and the Palestinian Territories on LFI delegation

Seven Labour parliamentarians toured Israel and the Palestinian territories this week on a delegation run by Labour Friends of Israel. LFI parliamentary chair Joan Ryan led the delegation, and she was joined by MPs Louise Ellman, Andrew Gwynne, Stephen Morgan, Sharon Hodgson, and Jonathan Reynolds, as well as Lord Roy Kennedy. The delegation first visited Jerusalem, including a tour[…]

Emily Thornberry visits Israel with LFI

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry returned to Britain this week after visiting Israel with LFI. During a four-day trip to Israel and the West Bank, she was accompanied by the shadow minister for peace and disarmament Fabian Hamilton. Ms Thornberry met with the new leader of the Israeli Labor party, Avi Gabbay (pictured). The two[…]

Iain McNicol visits Israel with LFI

Iain McNicol, general secretary of the Labour party, travelled to Israel this week with Labour Friends of Israel. The three-day trip included laying a wreath at Yad Vashem; meeting with Israeli Labor MKs Hilik Bar and Michal Biran and the party’s new general secretary, Eran Hermoni; visiting a Jerusalem coexistence project; and a tour of[…]

Labour MPs visit Israel and Palestine on LFI delegation

Six Labour MPs visited Jerusalem, Ramallah and Tel Aviv on an LFI delegation last week. Pat McFadden, Ian Lucas, Lillian Greenwood, Chris Leslie, Mike Gapes and Ian Austin took part in the five-day trip. The visit included meetings with Israeli lawmakers, a Palestinian minister, NGOs, coexistence projects, security officials and counter-terror specialists. The delegation began[…]

LFI Chair Joan Ryan MP visits Washington DC

For the first time, an LFI officer has visited Washington DC on a political visit. LFI Chair Joan Ryan MP’s visit aimed to build support for LFI’s ‘For Israel, For Palestine, For Peace’ campaign. At the heart of this campaign is a pledge to support the establishment of an International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, which[…]

Labour MPs visit Israel on LFI delegation

LFI have been visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories this week with a delegation of Labour MPs. Tom Watson, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, led the delegation alongside fellow MPs Rosie Winterton, Gloria De Piero, Michael Dugher and Ruth Smeeth. The delegation included tours of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, as well as a memorial[…]

LFI Chair Joan Ryan MP – fact-finding trip to Israel – October 2015

LFI chair Joan Ryan was in Israel this week, reaffirming Labour’s strong ties to its sister party. Meeting Labor chairman Isaac Herzog at the Knesset, she expressed her intention to bring more Labour MPs to Israel over the next year. “In my experience, it is the way to ensure MPs can best attain a balanced[…]

LFI leads a delegation of Labour PPCs and MPs to Israel and the Palestinian territories

Labour Friends of Israel have just returned from a very successful four day-long visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories with four Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidates and two Labour Members of Parliament. Dame Tessa Jowell MP, who held several senior ministerial positions under PM Tony Blair and PM Gordon Brown, led the delegation which included[…]

Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party’s first visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories, April 2014

Ed Miliband showed strong solidarity with Israel and highlighted his personal connection to the country on his first visit as Leader of the Labour Party. The Labour Leader was joined by his wife Justine, Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander, political advisors and LFI director Jennifer Gerber. Ed Miliband met with Israeli and Palestinian officials, including[…]

Shadow Secretary of State Jim Murphy leads defence and security-focused delegation to Israel and the Palestinian territories

The Labour delegates, 29th September to 4th October, explored how to strengthen the bilateral strategic defence relationship; discussed how we can support each other against common challenges; and were briefed on the threats facing Israel as well as the security challenges in the Palestinian territories. Joining Jim on the visit were LFI Chair Anne McGuire MP, LFI[…]

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls visits Israel and the Palestinian territories and calls for closer economic ties and progress towards peace

Shadow Chancellor Rt Hon Ed Balls MP visited Israel and the Palestinian territories this week with Labour Friends of Israel, and called for the economic partnership between Britain and Israel to be celebrated, and for Israelis and Palestinians to develop closer business links with each other. Describing the visit as “inspiring and challenging,” Ed Balls[…]